Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tales of Suspense #1: "The Strangers from Space!" (Al Williamson art)

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Yet another anthology of fantasy and horror from Marvel, Tales of Suspense began late in 1959. For the first four years of its existence, the magazine showcased yet another batch of Stan Lee-Jack Kirby gigantic rampaging monsters. They included Kraa, Sporr, Goom, Googam, and the Green Thing. But then, early in 1963, the magazine presented not one more destructive demon but a brand new superhero.

The thirty-ninth issue (March 1963) introduced "The Newest, Most Breath-Taking, Most Sensational Superhero of All... IRON MAN!" The plot was credited to Lee, the script to Larry Leiber, and the art to Don Heck. After debuting in a thirteen-page original story, Iron Man pushed the monsters aside to become the star of Tales of Suspense. Other heroes who later showed up included Hawkeye and Captain America. From #59 (November 1964) onward, Cap and Iron Man appeared in separate stories each issue. With #100 (April 1968), the magazine became Captain America. Iron Man moved into a new title, Iron Man and Submariner, for one issue and then Iron Man #1 appeared (May 1968) appeared.

Marvel used the Tales of Suspense title for a one-shot in 1995.


Script: Unkown
Pencils: Al Williamson
Inks: Al Williamson

  • in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense (Marvel, 2006 series) #1 (2006)

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